Our Team

Col­in McFadzean

Special Counsel
Prop­er­ty, Plan­ning & Projects, Spe­cial Counsel

I pro­vide advice for envi­ron­men­tal, plan­ning and local gov­ern­ment law mat­ters as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tion in Land and Envi­ron­ment Court and Local Court pro­ceed­ings. My clients include State gov­ern­ment depart­ments, local coun­cils, devel­op­ers and third par­ties. In addi­tion to my legal qual­i­fi­ca­tions I poss­es a Bach­e­lor of Town Plan­ning degree with hon­ours from the Uni­ver­si­ty of New South Wales. I have over thir­teen years expe­ri­ence in a vari­ety of town plan­ning and man­age­ment roles with­in local gov­ern­ment. My clients ben­e­fit from both my legal exper­tise and my prac­ti­cal town plan­ning and pub­lic sec­tor experience.


  • Appear and advise with respect to Land and Envi­ron­ment Court class 1 mer­it appeals
  • Advise gov­ern­ment and pri­vate clients on the inter­pre­ta­tion of envi­ron­men­tal plan­ning instru­ments and devel­op­ment con­trol plans
  • Advise gov­ern­ment clients on gov­er­nance and pro­bity issues
  • Advice and rep­re­sen­ta­tion for Local Court and Land and Envi­ron­ment Court pros­e­cu­tion and enforce­ment matters
  • Class 5 pros­e­cu­tion for bulk earth­works and tree removal hav­ing been under­tak­en in the absence of devel­op­ment con­sent when devel­op­ment con­sent was required, con­trary to s.76A(1) of the Envi­ron­men­tal Plan­ning and Assess­ment Act 1979
  • Class 1 appeal against the Council’s refusal of a devel­op­ment appli­ca­tion for a dis­count depart­ment store, shops, a café and shop-top dwellings
  • Class 4 pro­ceed­ings chal­leng­ing the mak­ing of a local envi­ron­men­tal plan which changed the zon­ing of the land and had the effect of pro­hibit­ing the pro­posed development
  • Class 1 appeal against the Council’s deemed refusal of a devel­op­ment appli­ca­tion for the erec­tion and oper­a­tion of a waste man­age­ment facility
  • Advice and rep­re­sen­ta­tion at Land and Envi­ron­ment Court class 2 tree disputes


  • Pri­vate client
  • Gov­ern­ment law
  • Prop­er­ty and devel­op­ment law
  • Plan­ning and envi­ron­ment law

Roles, mem­ber­ships and education

  • Bach­e­lor of Town Plan­ning degree with hon­ours from the Uni­ver­si­ty of New South Wales
  • Grad­u­ate Diplo­ma in Legal Prac­tice, The Col­lege of Law 2007
  • Diplo­ma of Law – Legal Pro­fes­sion Admis­sion Board 2006
  • Bach­e­lor of Town Plan­ning – Uni­ver­si­ty of NSW 1996
  • Mem­ber — Law Soci­ety of NSW